Lafarge:Results as of September 30, 2013
Q3 EBITDA UP 4% LIKE FOR LIKE
NET DEBT REDUCED BY €1.3 BILLION COMPARED TO LAST YEAR
2013 AND 2014 COST REDUCTION, INNOVATION AND NET DEBT REDUCTION OBJECTIVES
€1.1 BILLION NEW COST REDUCTION AND INNOVATION OBJECTIVE SET FOR 2015- 2016
PARIS -- November 6, 2013
THIRD QUARTER KEY FIGURES ^(1)
*Sales down 4% to €4,236m, *Current operating income down 7% to
up 4% like for like €755m,
*EBITDA down 6% to €1,007m, up 5% like for like
up 4% like for like *Net result Group share stable at €304m
(€1.06 per share)
NINE MONTHS KEY FIGURES ^(1)
*Sales down 4% to €11,484m, *Current operating income down 15% to
stable like for like €1,546m,
*EBITDA down 10% to €2,309m, -5% like for like
-3% like for like *Net result group share up 38% to €388m
(€1.35 per share)
(1) like for like variations are calculated excluding the impact of scope and
*Volume trends improved month after month in the third quarter, sustained
by ongoing growth in most emerging markets, the recovery in the United
States and Europe stabilizing at a low level. On the other hand, the third
quarter was marked by adverse exchange rates which had a negative impact
of 7% on both sales and EBITDA (respectively €-286 million and €-67
million in the quarter).
*Q3 EBITDA grew 4% at constant scope and exchange rates, benefiting notably
from a solid performance in North America, Middle East / Africa and Asia.
EBITDA margins improved 50 basis points on a like for like basis and
excluding CO[2,] supported by higher volumes, firm prices and the
acceleration of cost reductions and innovation measures which generated
respectively €130 million and €80 million additional EBITDA in the
quarter. In the first nine months, these measures have generated a total
of €470 million (€290 million from cost reductions and €180 million from
innovation measures), and the Group is on track with its plan.
*Net debt at the end of September, at €10.9 billion, was reduced by €1.3
billion compared to end of September last year and by €0.9 billion in the
quarter, notably thanks to divestments made at attractive multiples.
*The Group confirms its objective to deliver its 2012-2015 plan by the end
of 2014, with at least €600 million of EBITDA coming from cost reduction
and innovation measures in 2014.
*It announces new objectives beyond 2014 and plans to generate at least
€1.1billion of additional EBITDA from its actions in 2015-2016, of which
€600 million from cost reductions and €500 million from innovation. This
represents a minimum objective of €550 million per annum.
BRUNO LAFONT, CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF LAFARGE, SAID:
“With improving volume trends and despite the adverse effect of exchange
rates, we continued to progress in the third quarter on our strategic action
plan. We have reduced net debt by more than one billion euros compared to
September last year, and our cost reduction and innovation actions delivered
results in line with our 2013 objectives. We have accelerated and will
complete our 2012-2015 cost reduction and innovation plan one year ahead of
our initial objective. Building on this momentum, we today announce new cost
reduction and innovation targets for 2015-2016, targeting at least €1.1
billion of incremental EBITDA over that period.
Combined with the utmost discipline in terms of capital allocation, our
measures will drive the strengthening of our financial structure so as to
return to an investment grade status as soon as possible, reducing net debt
below €10 billion in 2013 and below €9 billion in 2014.
Looking ahead, we will benefit from three organic growth drivers: continuing
growth in emerging countries, accelerating growth through innovation and
progressive recovery in mature markets. We will capture this potential thanks
to our high-quality and well spread portfolio of assets and to our competitive
edge in innovation which ensures the development of a value-added offer of
products and services to address the evolving needs of our customers. All our
measures strive towards growth in sales, cash flows and returns and our
priority is to create sustainable value for our shareholders.”
Overall, Lafarge sees cement growth in its markets of between 0 to 3 percent
in 2013 versus 2012. This implies better trends in H2 compared to H1 as market
recovery is becoming evident in the United States, growth in most emerging
markets continues and Europe is showing stabilization at a low level.
Higher pricing is expected for the year. Cost inflation continues, although at
a lower rate than in 2012, benefiting from positive trends in coal and petcoke
prices and reduced general inflation in developed countries.
The Group targets to deliver additional EBITDA of €650 million in 2013 through
its cost reduction and innovation measures.
As stated, the objective is to reduce net debt to below €10 billion in 2013,
and below €9 billion in 2014.
CONSOLIDATED ACCOUNTS AS AT SEPTEMBER 30, 2013
The Board of Directors of Lafarge, chaired by Bruno Lafont, met on November 5,
2013 and approved the accounts for the period ended September 30, 2013.
Further to their limited review of the interim condensed consolidated
financial statements of Lafarge, the auditors have established a report, which
is included in the interim financial report.
Third Quarter Nine Months
2013 2012^(3) Gross Like for 2013 2012^(3) Gross Like for
(million 36.7 36.6 - 3% 101.9 106.3 -4% -2%
Aggregates 59.8 57.0 5% 5% 143.6 141.2 2% -
Concrete 8.2 8.3 -1% 1% 23.2 24.0 -3% -1%
Sales 4,236 4,393 -4% 4% 11,484 12,007 -4% -
EBITDA^(1) 1,007 1,066 -6% 4% 2,309 2,579 -10% -3%
EBITDA 23.8% 24.3% -50bps +50bps^(5) 20.1% 21.5% -140bps -20bps^(5)
Operating 755 810 -7% 5% 1,546 1,822 -15% -5%
Group 304 303 - 388 282 38%
per share 1.06 1.05 1% 1.35 0.98 38%
Free cash 492 523 -6% 360 211 71%
Net debt 10,944 12,202 -10%
^(1) EBITDA is defined as the current operating income before depreciation and
amortization on tangible and intangible assets and free cash flow is the net
cash generated or used in continuing operating activities less sustaining
capital expenditures. They are both non-GAAP financial measures.
^(2) Basic average number of shares outstanding of 287.3 million and 287.1
million for third quarter 2013 and 2012, and of 287.2 and 287.1 for the first
nine months of 2013 and 2012 respectively.
^(3) 2012 figures have been restated further to the application of IAS19R.
^(4) At constant scope and exchange rates.
^(5)Margins like-for-like are calculated excluding the carbon credit sales and
at constant scope and exchange rates.
EBITDA (*) RESULTS BY REGION
(€m) Third Quarter Nine Months
2013 2012 for 2013 2012 for
Gross like Gross
North America 288 270 7% 23% 417 398 5% 21%
Western 110 146 -25% -26% 260 401 -35% -33%
Eastern 106 127 -17% -16% 151 214 -29% -29%
Middle East 306 301 2% 11% 856 947 -10% -3%
Latin America 63 82 -23% -6% 185 211 -12% -2%
Asia 134 140 -4% 8% 440 408 8% 14%
TOTAL 1,007 1,066 -6% 4% 2,309 2,579 -10% -3%
^(*) EBITDA is defined as the current operating income before depreciation and
amortization on tangible and intangible assets and is a non-GAAP financial
^(1) At constant scope and exchange rates.
SALES DEVELOPMENT AND FINANCIAL RESULTS
Volumes improved in the third quarter, supported by continuing growth in most
of the Group’s emerging markets, as well as volume catch up in the United
States as the recovery materializes after a first-half affected by adverse
weather in our regions.
Consolidated sales decreased 4% in the third quarter affected by adverse
foreign exchange. At constant scope and exchange rates they grew 4%, supported
by higher volumes and improved prices across all product lines to address cost
EBITDA was also impacted by adverse exchange rates, notably in Brazil, India,
South Africa and Canada. At constant scope and exchange rates, Q3 EBITDA
increased 4%. Cost reduction and innovation actions more than offset cost
inflation, an adverse €28 million impact of the reduction of our inventories
in the quarter and the absence of carbon credit sales in Q3 2013 (vs. CO
proceeds of €23 million in Q3 2012). Cement prices were sequentially stable
from Q2 to Q3 2013 and are up 2% year on year in the first nine months. The
Group continued to actively increase prices although the impact on EBITDA was
limited by price adjustments in a limited number of countries and adverse mix
Net income Group Share in the quarter, at €304 million remained stable
compared to Q3 2012, despite the negative impact of foreign exchange on EBITDA
and the absence of CO sales.
Net debt now stands at €10.9 billion, a drop by €1.3 billion relative to the
end of September last year. Compared to year-end 2012, it decreased €0.4
billion despite the usual impact of seasonality. This reflects strict capex
discipline and divestments but also a solid improvement of working capital
performance, notably thanks to a reduction in inventories. Compared to the end
of September 2012, the working capital when expressed as a number of days of
sales has been reduced by 6 days, bringing it to a historical low at this
point in the year.
DIVESTMENTS AND INVESTMENTS
In the quarter Lafarge received €0.9 billion from divestments, notably from
the sale of its gypsum operations in the US (€0.5 billion) and its cement
operations in Ukraine (€0.1 billion) made at attractive multiples. Divestments
also include €0.2 billion received from our new partner in India to contribute
to the Group’s development in this country. Since the beginning of the year,
cash from divestments reached €1.0 billion. With the most recent divestments
announced, the Group has secured €1.7 billion^1 of divestments since January
1^st 2012 and it shall continue to pursue further value creative divestments.
Investments totaled €237 million for the quarter.
*Sustaining capital expenditures amounted to €94 million.
*Development investments amounted to €143 million in the third quarter of
2013. It included investments in the plants of Exshaw (Western Canada) and
Ravena (New York, United States) and in the new cement plant projects in
Kaluga (Russia) and Rajasthan (India).
Our plant in Rajasthan (2.6 million tonnes) was recently commissioned and has
started its operations in October. Reaping the benefits of our debottlenecking
investments, we are starting additional capacities in the Philippines, Brazil
(Rio) and Algeria (total of 1.8 million tonnes) which are progressively
ramping up and support volume growth in these countries.
Going forward, the Group plans to continue to seize growth opportunities for
its uniquely diversified portfolio, selectively investing in its core markets.
The analyst presentation of results and the interim financial report,
including the interim management report and the condensed consolidated
financial statements are available on the Lafarge Website: www.lafarge.com
There will be an analyst conference call at 9:00 CET, on November 6, 2013. The
presentation will be made in English with slides that can be downloaded from
the Lafarge website (www.lafarge.com).
The presentation may be followed via an audiocast on the Lafarge website as
well as via teleconference:
- Dial in (France): +33(0)1 76 77 22 22
- Dial in (UK or International): +44(0)20 3427 1904
- Dial in (US): +1212 444 0481
Please note that in addition to the web cast replay, a conference call
playback will be available until November 13, 2013 midnight at the following
- France playback number: +33 (0)1 74 20 28 00 (pin code: 9397705#)
- UK or International playback number: +44 (0)20 3427 0598 (pin code:
- US playback number: +1347366 9565 (pin code: 9397705#)
Lafarge’s next financial publication – 2013 Full Year results – will be on
February 19, 2014 (before the NYSE Euronext Paris stock market opens).
NOTES TO EDITORS
A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 65,000 people in 64
countries, and posted sales of €15.8 billion in 2012. As a top-ranking player
in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, it contributes to the
construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions
providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable,
more beautiful, and better connected. With the world’s leading building
materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its
priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to
better serve architectural creativity. Since 2010, the Lafarge Group has been
part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the first global
sustainability benchmark in recognition of its sustainable development
actions. More information is available on Lafarge's website: www.lafarge.com
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^1 Excluding €0.2bn capital injection of our new partner in India, completed
in Q3 2013.
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